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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Computer Scientist
Engineering Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard), Smoked Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
What's up?

Birthplace

Born:
5/24/1963
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Computer Scientist
Engineering Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Collard), Smoked Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
What's up?

Birthplace

Born:
5/24/1963
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Computer science and engineering professor Valerie E. Taylor was born on May 24, 1963. She attended Purdue University where she received her B.S. degree in computer and electrical engineering in 1985 and her M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1986. She continued her education at the University of California at Berkeley where she received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science in 1991.

That same year, Taylor joined the faculty at Northwestern University as an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. She became an associate professor in 1997 and then a full professor in 2002. In 2003, Taylor transferred to Texas A&M University where she was named head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering as well as the Stewart & Stevenson Professor. Since 2004, Taylor has been the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professor and head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Her research interests lie in high performance computing. Taylor is currently working on “Prophesy,” a database used to collect and analyze data to predict the performance on different applications on parallel systems. She has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the “OptiPuter” and “New Approaches to Human Potential Realization through Information Technology Research” as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) University Research, Engineering and Technology Institutes (URETI) Program for “Nanoelectronics.” Currently, she is funded by the National Science Foundation to use Prophesy in conjunction with two other tools for the purpose of exploring the performance and power for applications on current parallel systems.

In 2001, Taylor received the Pathbreaker Award from the Women in Leadership at Northwestern University and the Hewlett Packard Harriet B. Rigas Education Award. The following year, Taylor was named a Young Outstanding Leader by the University of California, Berkeley’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Society. That same year she also received the Computing Research Association’s (CRA) A. Nico Habermann Award for outstanding contributions aimed at increasing the numbers and/or successes of underrepresented groups in the computing research community. She has also been recognized as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer and in 2005, Taylor was given the Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing. Since 2008, Taylor has served on the Board of Directors for the Computing Research Association.

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  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Valerie Taylor talks about her developing interest in technology and her father's company, Sonicraft
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Valerie Taylor talks about the social atmosphere of Maria High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Valerie Taylor talks about the politics around education in Chicago
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Valerie Taylor talks about the racial climate in Chicago during her adolescence
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Valerie Taylor talks about her high school teachers and the ID program sponsored by IIT
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Valerie Taylor talks about her decision to attend Purdue University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Valerie Taylor talks about her social life, her peers, and the National Society of Black Engineers at Purdue University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Valerie Taylor talks about the importance of study groups
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Valerie Taylor talks about her decision to pursue her Ph.D. degree
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Valerie Taylor talks about her Ph.D. advisor at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Valerie Taylor talks about her dissertation research concerning parallel computing and finite analysis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Valerie Taylor talks about her experience defending her dissertation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Valerie Taylor talks about her involvement in the Black Engineering and Science Students' Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Valerie Taylor talks about her decision to become a professor at Northwestern University
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Valerie Taylor talks about receiving the National Science Foundation Investigator Award
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Valerie Taylor talks about balancing family with her career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Valerie Taylor talks about Prophesy
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  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Valerie Taylor talks about Richard Tapia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Valerie Taylor talks about her perceptions of Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Valerie Taylor talks about the Institute of African American E-Culture
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Valerie Taylor talks about her experience as department chair at Texas A&M University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Valerie Taylor talks about the NASA URETI Program and the OptIPuter
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Valerie Taylor talks about her awards and professional affiliations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Valerie Taylor talks about her research
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Valerie Taylor talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Valerie Taylor reflects upon her legacy and life choices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Valerie Taylor talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Valerie Taylor talks about being a single mom
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Valerie Taylor reflects on how she would like to be remembered